The winter landscape presents a particularly beautiful time for painting, when the lack of leaves reveals the graceful lines of bare trees, the fascinating textures and colours on their trunks, and low, directional sunlight throws shadows across our subjects and seems to bring them to life. Gone are those all-enveloping greens, to be replaced by a greater variety of colours, often warmer and more exciting. Those wine-red branches of birch trees, for example, when seen in a mass exude a powerful beauty of their own.
This is David Bellamy’s favourite time for being out sketching, often in watercolour. In this book he explains the challenges and joys of capturing winter subjects, from how to achieve rapid pencil sketches in less than perfect conditions to painting in watercolour on the spot. Snow completely changes the landscape, simplifying it for the artist, creating marvellous opportunities for reflected light and subtle use of exciting colours. The book begins with the stunning warm colours of late autumn, then moves into the second section covering winter scenes without snow. The following deep mid-winter section shows you how to tackle snow scenes with various types of snow conditions, before we move on to the final section covering early spring. Also covered is gearing up for working outdoors in winter, techniques for rendering hoar frost on trees, misty and atmospheric effects, injecting rogue colours to add excitement to your work, how to tackle a variety of tree branches for different species, depicting light branches against dark backgrounds, altering the composition to suit your needs, and so much more. For those who really don’t wish to venture out, even on the mildest of winter days, there is a whole host of examples of winter landscapes to help you tackle this fascinating time of year. A DVD entitled Winter Landscapes in Watercolour has been produced as a companion to this book, and is available from David's website www.davidbellamy.co.uk or from APV Fiilms at www.apvfilms.com
* Well-known, expert watercolour tutor and popular author
* Stunning paintings and in-depth advice.
* Four beautiful step-by-step projects
* Covers late fall, winter, deep midwinter and early spring
David Bellamy has always been fascinated by the world's wild places. Highly regarded as a teacher of art, he has a tremendous following among leisure painters, many of whom have attended his extremely popular courses and workshops both in the UK and overseas. He gives demonstrations and talks, produces successful DVDs, has written many books on watercolour painting and is a regular contributor to art magazines. David lives in Builth Wells, Wales.
Watercolor is the most accessible and convenient medium for leisure artists, yet it requires great dexterity and expertise. Trusted and admired British watercolor artist and teacher Bellamy has authored many outstanding how-to books explicating watercolor skills, from his Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting (2011) to titles focusing on various types of landscapes and skies, light and atmosphere. In his newest inspiring and instructional guide, he touts the pleasures of painting winter scenes, noting the beauty of the seasons dramatic light and how winter trees take on a different, at times romantic beauty in their naked splendour and addressing the challenges of working in the cold. Bellamy discusses how to use photographs and the importance of studio sketches. His step-by-step instructions, illustrated with his own superb work, are exceptionally detailed in their presentation of brush techniques and recommended colors for painting certain landscape elements (trees, water and ice, mountains, birds and animals) in the differently nuanced atmospheres of late autumn, winter without and with snow (ah, the many shades of white), and early spring. Watercolorists will want all of Bellamys books.
"To those hardy companions who, over the years, have endured appalling winter conditions, uncomplaining, while I complete an equally appalling sketch". This dedication in the front of David Bellamy's latest book, Winter Landscapes in Watercolour, made me laugh, but it does emphasise how difficult painting outdoors in less than clement weather can be. David is no stranger to adverse conditions, and indeed seems to thrive on painting the world's wild places. Here he shares his many years of experience with us, showing how to turn the lack of summer greenery to our advantage and capture the drama of winter scenes, working quickly with rapid outdoor sketched. There's practical advice on working outdoors, including what clothes to wear, how to find shelter, maybe working from the comfort of your car. It's all in the preparation: a flask of soup or coffee could save the day! The book includes four sections: late autumn, winter, deep midwinter and early spring, and each is accompanied by detailed step-by-step demonstrations.
For most of the year green is the predominant color when painting landscapes (at least here in Britain). In winter this changes and a wider palette presents itself to the artist, together with some different challenges. Here is a book dedicated to taking the mystery out of painting winter landscapes. There are some lovely subjects in here that will make artists want to seize the nearest brush. Trees in late autumn, studies of mountains and farms and my favorite showing early spring daffodils by a lonely house on a country road. Before you get to all that the author has some useful tips on what to buy; not only for painting purposes but to get kitted up to go out into the weather and sketch. What to pack, what to wear and how you can record the essence of a scene without staying out too long and catching a chill are all covered, as well as indoor sketching from photographs. In true Search Press style there are four projects in here to tackle complete with lists of what you need and staged photographic instructions. There are also tips on various aspects of winter landscape painting; how to get various effects, colors to use, drawing trees, figures, animals etc as well as snow. If you have gone beyond the Ready To Paint series and are keen to tackle this aspect of landscape watercolor painting minus tracings this is a useful book to have.
A very worthwhile read. Good information on the formation of his paintings without over elaboration, the reader is left to introduce his own style. I would recommend this book to any watercolour painter who is interested in landscape painting. Gerry Nottingham (Cheltenham, United Kingdom) on 23 May 2016
Clear explanations of techniques and mixing, includes composition Alexis Moore (Miami, USA) on 24 Jun 2017